SCREENWRITER AWARD – AARON SORKIN (2020)

  • Award
  • 45min

**Oct. 17, 9:00am

The Middleburg Film Festival is honored to present the 2020 Screenwriter Award to Aaron Sorkin. Academy Award Winning Writer/Director Aaron Sorkin is the Screenwriter on Netflix’s THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, which he also directed. The film features a terrific ensemble cast including Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Sorkin brings his trademark writing skills to the story of seven people who were put on trial stemming from charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Sorkin’s celebrated career as a writer spans film, television and theater. His works include the Broadway plays “A Few Good Men,” “The Farnsworth Invention,” and “To Kill A Mockingbird;” The TV series “Sports Night,” “The West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The Newsroom;” and the films “A Few Good Men,” “The American President,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Moneyball” and “Steve Jobs.” Sorkin won the Academy Award for writing David Fincher’s “The Social Network” and was also Oscar nominated for writing “Moneyball” as well as his directorial debut “Molly’s Game.”

KPCC’s The Frame’s John Horn talks with Sorkin about screenwriting and his creative process.

Sorkin’s latest film, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO SEVEN, begins streaming on Netflix on Friday, October 16.